Marsh Center Webinar

Ministering to Those with Dementia


Morning Session

Thursday, May 2 , 2024
8:00am-10:00am (CDT)
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Encore Evening Session

Thursday, May 2 , 2024
4:00pm-6:00pm (CDT)
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What can chaplains, ministers, and counselors learn from those providing ministry, support, and care to those with dementia? According to the World Health Organization, the number and proportion of people aged 60 and older is increasing from one billion in 2019 to 1.4 billion by 2030. This upward trend is accelerating, especially in developing countries. Equally challenging is the impact of dementia on the estimated 55 million people worldwide. In this free webinar, the Marsh Center for Chaplain Studies has enlisted an international panel of experts and practitioners. Because of our international panelists, we will offer this two-hour webinar twice: May 2, 2024, at 8:00 am and another at 4:00 pm (Central Daylight-Saving Time, USA). CEU credits are available for those requesting at the time of registration.

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Marsh Center Webinar

Guest Speakers

Dr. Richard Behers (DMin, BCC, CFHPC)

Dr. Richard Behers (DMin, BCC, CFHPC), USA

Ch Behers is a Clinical Pastoral Education Training Supervisor/Educator with CPE-International and a practicing hospice Chaplain with Vitas Healthcare. Dr. Behers is credentialed as a Board Certified Chaplain by the Association of Professional Chaplains and a Clinical Fellow in Hospice and Palliative Care by the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy. His book, Spiritual Care for People Living with Dementia using Multisensory Interventions (Jessica Kingsley Publishers) is widely used internationally. In addition, he authored these pastoral care resources: Toward Excellence in Pastoral Care; The Spiritual Care Matrix and The Users’ Guide; Spiritual Care According to Disease Process; How to Write Clinically. He has presented workshops on various topics at annual meetings of APC, Healthcare Chaplaincy Network/Spiritual Care Association, and CPSP.

Website:  The Hospice Chaplaincy Resource Center, LLC

: Dr. Richard Behers

Chaplain Ben Boland

Chaplain Ben Boland, Australia

Chaplain/lecturer, Mary Andrews College, Centre for Aging and Pastoral Studies, Charles Sturt University, Queensland, Australia.

: Rev Ben Boland

Chaplain Julia Burton-Jones

Chaplain Julia Burton-Jones, England

Ch Burton-Jones works with Anna Chaplaincy of BRF Ministries. Anna Chaplaincy supports older people emotionally and spiritually, which may include end-of-life care, in communities across the United Kingdom. Their network of Anna Chaplains offers spiritual care in later life in various contexts. They accompany older people in reflecting on their lives and relationships with God, breaking down generational barriers, and offering friendship and community. Their vision is to see an Anna Chaplain in every small and medium-sized community in the country and for the Anna Chaplain name to become synonymous with spiritual care for older people.

Website:   Anna Chaplaincy

: Julia Burton-Jones

Kristiina Juudin

Kristiina Juudin, Finland

Kristiina Juudin (R.N., MSc) is a researcher completing her doctoral dissertation at the University of Turku’s Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing Science. Her research focuses on supporting the spirituality of older people with dementia. Kristiina is also a passionate nursing leader. She leads a nursing home unit for older people in Finland’s leading private company producing social and health care services (Mehiläinen Oy).

Website:  Mehiläinen

: Kristiina Juudin



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